Let’s Call Her….Strength & Dignity

6 02 2009

Hello everyone, this is week 3 in our 4 part introduction on Esther, as part of our MAXIMIZE Moment theme for 2009 .

 

The bible verse that I think perfectly sums up all that we have discussed thus far about Esther is;

 

Strength and Dignity Are Her Clothing and She Smiles at the Future” –Proverbs 31:25

 

Something that I think of when I think of Esther is how despite the situation she is faced with and despite having a life or death situation on her hands; this woman has a quiet assurance.  She knows who she is and more importantly, she knows who God is!  If I were to translate Esther into a woman of today, I would describe her as a strong, dignified, bible toting, multitask doing, compassionate, independent woman.  This is a woman that can run her own business, classroom or is the director of a department with staff that report to her.  At the same time she is also a partner to her husband and does her part at home as much as she does at the office.  When a problem arises at the office, or at home, she does not panic.  She trusts God and lets go and let’s God.  She let’s go while she gracefully smiles in the face of fear, knowing that all things work together for the good and this too will be sorted out and handled in a timely and appropriate manner. 

 

The woman I just described is really the Proverbs 31 woman!  For those of you who have never heard of or read about the Virtuous woman that they call the Proverbs 31 woman, take a moment to read it.  Proverbs 31 is an empowering look at the role of women. 

 

Here is my interpretation of the Proverbs 31 woman, see how she and Esther parallel …Not only does a virtuous woman trust God, but she is a loving wife and mother, has her own role in the workplace and/or as a homemaker, she is also a smart shopper and knows how to negotiate when she needs to.  She keeps a good house (as my mother would say) and trains up her children in the way they should go. Her husband is proud of all that she does and praises her to his business associates and friends.  This indeed is what Esther represents and helps to provide a guide for each of us as we define ourselves as employee, employer or performer; as wife, girlfriend or fiancée’; as mother, auntie, sister or grandmother.  Esther shows us that there is no problem to big for God and how to handle it all with style and grace.  Now that is the woman I aspire to be!

 

As we celebrate Black History Month, there are so many women in Black History, past and creating more at present, that would fall into the Proverbs 31 category.  Women like Michelle Obama who are independent, strong, focused and care about family values.  This is definitely a woman that puts family first while also making her mark, all with style and grace!  So as we take this moment to think of Proverbs 31 and the real life virtuous women past and present among us, I charge each of us to step up our own game (yes ME TO ya’ll).  To step up our own game to be the woman God designed us to be.  With that I leave you this week with this poem to reflect on…..

 

A Strong Woman vs. a Woman of Strength

 

A strong woman works every day to keep her body in shape…

A woman of strength kneels to keep her soul in shape…

 

A strong woman isn’t afraid of anything…

A woman of strength shows courage in the midst of fear.

 

A strong woman won’t let anyone get the best of her…

A woman of strength gives the best of herself to everyone…

 

A strong woman makes a mistake and avoids the same in the future…

A woman of strength realizes life’s mistakes can also be God’s blessing and capitalizes on them…

 

A strong woman walks sure footed…

A woman of strength knows God will catch her when she falls

 

A strong woman wears the look of confidence on her face…

A woman of strength wears grace…

 

A strong woman has faith that she is strong enough for the journey…

A woman of strength has faith that it is in the journey that she will become strong…

 

-Author Unknown

 

Let’s all work toward being women of strength & dignity!  Together we all walk in this journey as a village of women moving toward living in our MAXIMUM!  MAXIMUM hope, MAXIMUM opportunity, MAXIMUM love, MAXIMUM possibility, MAXIMUM purpose – women living in our MAXIMUM potential!

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3 responses

6 02 2009
Donnie

Thanks again Nicole. This is something that I needed to be reminded of today as with everyday! Now, I have included another insert in my “Inspirational Binder” labeled, Imani-Maximum Potential.:-).

“We” can always use that voice in our ear reminding us of just how special we are as GODs children and the “gifts” that he has given us in hope that we will do great things with them…being a Blessing to others, family, self…

Keep up the good work…”Sisters In Unity.”

9 02 2009
Mercedes

Thank you, Nicole.

Such a beautiful reminder of what the true essence of woman is. In reading Proverbs 31 and the complimentary poem, I was reassured of a woman’s inner tranquility, perspective and resilience.

Your weekly words of encouragement and love maximize our journey. Keep us looking in the right direction. Inward!

10 04 2009
Linda S. Murray

Nicol- You are always on time with me and what’s going on in my life. I started to read your words and finally things started to sink in. I am finally surrendering to the idea of just “standing still” so I may refocus in order to move forward. I realized I don’t have to be the “Driver” all the time yippeee! what a good feeling!

happy Easter

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